AFP, PNP provide free rides to APORs in select routes during heightened ECQ

Photo from Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana Facebook page

For the whole enhanced community quarantine period in Metro Manila and adjacent regions, the police and military are providing free rides to authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) on specified routes.

The Libreng Sakay program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is available on ten routes everyday from 5 AM to 9 AM and 5 PM to 9 PM.

“This is the PNP’s way of reaching out to citizens by providing mobility and other extended services to APOR so that they could attend to their work with convenience even while the ECQ is in effect,” PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

The routes are:

a. Central Terminal (Manila City Hall) to Quezon Avenue MRT 3 and vice-versa;

b. Camp Crame to “Tungko” San Jose del Monte, Bulacan (via Commonwealth Avenue) and vice-versa;

c. Camp Crame to Rodriguez, Rizal (via Litex) and vice-versa;

d. Camp Crame to Taytay (via Ortigas) and vice-versa;

e. Camp Crame to Meycauayan, Bulacan (via MacArthur Highway) and vice versa;

f. Camp Crame to Antipolo City and vice-versa;

g. Pasay to Monumento (Edsa) northbound and vice-versa;

h. Monumento to Pasay Taft (Edsa) southbound and vice-versa;

i. Camp Crame to Zapote, Bacoor and vice-versa; and

j. Camp Crame to Novaliches and vice-versa

In its free transportation service, Eleazar noted, health and safety regulations are scrupulously followed. As supplies permit, passengers are also given face masks, bottled drink, and other information items.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is adding five more military trucks to the free riding program.

These trucks will supplement the four RRCG buses that were previously deployed on major routes such as SM Fairview to Quezon Avenue via Commonwealth (and vice versa); Gil Puyat LRT1 to Quezon Avenue via Taft Avenue and Espaa (and vice versa); and SM Masinag to Cubao MRT via Marcos Highway (and vice versa) (vice versa).

Military trucks will provide transportation on the 14-kilometer SM Taytay to Ortigas Center route (vice versa).

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday, August 7, that the Joint Task Force (JTF)-NCR would implement the military’s “Libreng Sakay” program throughout the ECQ period from August 6 to 20.

Around 500 military soldiers were monitoring Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) with the PNP to maintain traffic in the NCR and its border areas amid the stringent lockdown, according to Captain Prad Adaptante, JTF-NCR public affairs officer.

Personnel from the JTF-NCR were also stationed in the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila, as well as the Solaire-PAGCOR Mega Quarantine Facility in Paranaque City, to “ensure strict adherence to protocols and proper monitoring of isolated individuals.”

Adaptante added that they were also using “loudspeaker operations” to disseminate information about the ECQ guidelines in different barangays. Loudspeakers are attached on moving trucks that rove around communities, reminding homeowners to adhere to basic public health standards and the ban on non-APORs leaving their houses.

When ECQ was first deployed in the NCR last year, the AFP dispatched 48 buses and vehicles to assist hundreds of stranded passengers.

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